Congratulations to Silvia Cisneros Elected Vice-President/President of Reforma National
Monday, June 24, 2013
by: Sandra Rios-Balderrama

Section: News Articles

June 2013

"I am honored, feels unreal to say that I am representing REFORMA at a national level, but, I am excited to take this position and I am aware of the importance and level of responsibility that I have in my hands now. I will do my best to represent REFORMA as best as I can."

Silvia Cisneros was born in the United States and raised in Mexico for twelve years.  She has a B.A in Spanish and completed her Masters of Library Science and Information (MLIS) from the San Jose State University program. Silvia Cisneros is a Senior Librarian at Santa Ana Public Library and is currently the Past-President of Orange County Chapter of REFORMA where she chaired three of their most important conferences in the last three years.

I am honored, feels unreal to say that I am representing REFORMA at a national level

Silvia’s specialty has been creating programs and serving the Hispanic community.  She has conducted a Spanish Storytime in Santa Ana’s Main Library for nine years.  In 2004, she created and conducted 24 Spanish parent workshops where 350 parents were served a year.  In addition, Silvia is currently responsible for the evaluation of the library’s weekly Beginning and Advance Computer Workshops.  And she is responsible of buying and maintaining the entire children’s Spanish Book Collection which has given her the opportunity toattend the Guadalajara International Book Fair for five consecutive years. 

Due to her hard work and dedication, the City of Santa Ana awarded her with the Exceptional Quality Service Award along with an Employee of the Month Award in March 2012. 

Silvia Cisneros is enthusiastic, creative, and hard-working. It is because of all that she has done in her profession that in 2011 she was selected to be part of the EUREKA Leadership Institute, a week-long leadership training event, its purpose is to develop future leaders for California libraries and for the library profession, to help California library staff become leaders in the communities they serve, and to promote the profession as a force for positive change in society. The Program looks for 32 California library staff through a competitive application process and selects those who exhibit leadership potential and are willing to share with others their enthusiasm, optimism, and vision for future library services.

Silvia was one of the only two librarians selected in Orange County. Adding up, Silvia is REFORMA’s current Librarian of the Year, which was awarded to her in June 2012.

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